30,000 houses, 5 provinces, hundreds of volunteers-- the rebuild is on.
With a disaster the magnitude of Haiyan, local name Yolanda, rebuilding lives takes no less than the entire nation… and more.
Just recently, some 100 employee-volunteers of leading insurance firm Pru Life UK flew in from 11 different countries [including the Philippines] to take part in Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ “Re-Build PH” post-Yolanda house-rebuilding work.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines is embarking on an epic build to create 30,000 decent, disaster resilient shelters for Yolanda survivors in deeply affected areas namely: Cebu, Samar, Leyte, Palawan, and Bohol.
For five straight days, the Pru Life UK team worked on the ground at the Habitat relocation site in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu. Supervised by a skilled craftsman, the insurance employees traded their desk work to haul hollow blocks, shovel sand, mix cement, and work with iron bars to build 10 core houses out of the 135 they have sponsored in the area.
“You watch Haiyan on television and you have a shock, but you really have to be up-close to see the scale of the devastation. Our job at Prudential is helping people when they have a need-- and for us to be right here in the community and participate in the rebuilding has been a terrific experience,” shares Prudential Corporation Asia Chairman and Prudence Foundation Trustee Donald Kanak, who himself was on-site.
Pru Life UK is the first of a series of volunteer groups from all over the country and the world expected to participate in massive Habitat rebuilding work that will continue for the next years.
“Rebuilding the nation after Yolanda is a long process, but with the help of our volunteers and supporters we are inching our way to fully restoring homes and lives,” shares Habitat for Humanity CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco.